I’m not sure if inspiration is the right word (it falls under a category of words that I consider shouldn’t be used lightly – awesome being another), but I’ve found that the below sites do arouse new ideas, leave me in wonder, or just provide some entertainment:
- Springwise: Showcases innovative enterprises from around the world in a post-a-day blog format. I rarely fail to read every single entry.
- TED: An obvious contender that needs little introduction. Definitely a life-goal to one day attend the conference in person.
- Radiolab: A bi-weekly podcast. A lot of new science and philosophical stuff, told through anecdotes and interviews. Restores hope of the future of radio.
- The Do Lectures: Much like TED, but features mostly British folk who’ve done interesting things, rather than cutting edge science.
- Zen Habits: A popular life-design blog with nauseating self-help stuff, but it’s actually quite good.
- Betali.st: Showcases the latest in online startups.
I’ve put this list together for the exclusive reason that I hope that some like minded folk might share their favourite resources that I can add to my collection.
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28th February '11
This year’s skiing trips have inspired some ideas of missing products and services.
It’s a royal pain digging out a massive map from your pocket with your jumbo gloves on. How about a transparent pocket that attaches to your arm with some elastic bands? Not so attractive, but a lot handier. There should be enough space if the map is pre-folded to show just the particular domain you’re on. Alternatively, a special micro-map could be produced and the map holder feature a built-in magnifying glass that could be rolled over the map.
Cheap Action Camera:
I saw quite a number of snowboarders sporting a GoPro digital camera mounted atop their helmets. Given the decent quality and obvious low-price of cameras built into phones, surely there’s scope to make a much cheaper lo-res compact camera that could be strapped onto the wearer’s goggles. Something like this one.
Listening to a banging tune whilst speeding down a piste is an almost euphoric experience. But it’s not ideal to have a cable running from your pocket to your head and having to dig deep to reach the controls. Better would be some wireless headphones that an iPod Shuffle/Nano could plug into on one side, with big button controls (glove-friendly) on the other. The best I could find is the Elecom iPod Shuffle wireless headphones.
The desire for a quick shoulder massage is pretty strong by the end of a gruelling day. I’ve spotted a number of massage parlours in resort, but never on the slope. Would be rather conditional on good weather.
DIY movies and photography on piste is becoming pretty popular, but a point-and-click camera has its limits and taking a £500 DSLR camera on piste isn’t so wise. So, how about setting up shop in a prime action-shot position (steep slope, snow park etc) and then taking photos of random people as they come down. Promote the website address with a big banner and folk can then login the next day and pay to download a more professional shot.
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16th February '11
After much deliberation, I’ve decided to go with lunatude.com as my company name. Not sure if I’m in love with it yet, but I’m hoping it’ll grow on me.
Figured I’d share some of the other contenders that made it to the final shortlist:
They’re all still available at the moment, so grab away if you fancy. A simple splash-page style site should be up within a couple of weeks.
Update: For those in the dark, I really should explain what it is exactly that the business does. This post provides some background. Sites I currently operate include BusSongs.com, Just-Pooh.com and TwilightArchives.com.
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1st February '11